Alipay (which handles purchases for Chinese shopping giant Alibaba) has launched what it says is the first payment system that uses Facial Recognition to complete the sale.
If you visit one of KFC's KPRO restaurants in Hangzhou, China, you can pay for your panini or salad by smiling at a camera-equipped kiosk -- you need to verify the purchase on your phone, but you don't have to punch in digits or bring your phone up to an NFC reader.
Reportedly, the technology is good enough that it can accurately identify people even when they're disguising themselves through makeup or wigs.
It won't be surprising if this payment system spreads in China, but don't expect to see it gain much ground elsewhere.
In this article: alibaba , antfinancial , biometric , china , facerecognition , FaceReognition , facialrecognition , food and drink , food-and-drink , foodanddrink , gadgetry , gadgets , gear , kfc , kpro , megvii , restaurant , smiletopay
- World's first facial recognition payment launched in Chinaeuronews
- In KFC China store, diners have new way to payThe Zimbabwe Mail
- China fast-food operator pilots face-recognition paymentsBorneo Bulletin Online
- Alipay offers easier payment at 10000 stores in South AfricaThe Nation
- Smile to pay: KFC in China testing facial recognition technology for customers ...International Business Times, Singapore Edition
- Smile to pay for KFC meal in Chinese cityThe Straits Times
- KFC China Customers Can Pay with Their FacesFood & Wine
- Leave your wallet at home and pay with smiles at this KFC in ChinaDigital Trends
- KFC China store lets diners pay with a smileVentureBeat